October 27, 2011

Sighs of Autumn Rain

In autumn rain, the grasses rot and die,
Below the steps, the jueming's colour is fresh.
Full green leaves cover the stems like feathers,
And countless flowers bloom like golden coins.
The cold wind, moaning, blows against you fiercely,
I fear that soon you'll find it hard to stand.
Upstairs the scholar lets down his white hair,
He faces the wind, breathes the fragrance, and weeps.

~ Du Fu, volume 216, no. 15 in the Complete Tang Poems, yr. 754


  1. Ah yes - breathe the fragrance and weep. Autumn shows us our fate - yearly, ever so gently, ever so beautifully.

    Lovely marriage of words and images.

  2. Very nice! Love the curved road in the second one.

  3. You are so gifted at photography and you have the wonderful ability to chose the perfect words to accompany your photos. Well said by bonnie it's a lovely marriage of words and images.

  4. "...Reign (rain) over me...

    Whhooo oh god I need a drink, of cool cool rain..."

  5. When did the humans stop connecting to nature like this? To be so moved that you weep. Powerful words and written so long ago. You find the most astounding writings.

    The roads look slick and the sky is thick. The grasses are sandwiched between the two in gorgeous colors. Very nice.

  6. Enchanting...I think rain and mist and fog are dreamy places....

    "And I wonder, as I stand out in the rain, how much thunder could set the sky to flame, and burn away this cloud we live under...I wonder...."

    Sarah McLaughlin I think...

  7. These shots of the road are fantastic, I love this kind of pictures I always carry my camera ready when I travel by car have to be careful! Your quality shots are very natural colors, as always a super edition! Kisses friend.

  8. The autumn rain highlights the changing colours while the darkened skies provide the perfect backdrop for them to glow against. I feel secure riding with you here, discovering what lies around the next bend...

  9. The cold, insensitive wind... how glad i am for her (assuming that the cold, insensitive wind is female) for she also bring re-birth to the land (so much simpler than the Eleusinian Mysteries).

  10. If only I could stand there in the wind and rain with you, breathe the fragrance and weep.

  11. this speaks to me so - more than i could ever say...
    these last two rain posts are beyond wonderful, i never tire looking... such softness, such blues and greens...

  12. The shots are just beautiful but, please, don't mention the word rain! LOL! We had the most awful week: Summer suddenly gave place to heavy rains and winds up to 157 kph - floods and destruction everywhere! Gladly, the sun came back yesterday. Now it's autumn. :-)

  13. I'm wondering what comes just after the curve in the road, up there in the damp distance...

    I notice that you have a Fall Back new background. I do believe that this is your anniversary of photographing. Happy Anniversary!

  14. What a mood you've captured here, I can almost taste the rain on my lips.

    Hauntingly beautiful